A Boticelli work at Renaissance
A Boticelli work at Renaissance

There’s now only a couple of weeks to go for the National Gallery of Australia’s popular exhibition Renaissance – 15th & 16th Century Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, with the exhibition finishing up on Easter Monday, 9 April.

Renaissance will be open over the entire Easter long weekend offering visitors to Canberra the chance to see paintings by great Italian Masters including Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini and Mantegna – artists whose works have never been seen in Australia before.

The exhibition will also be open until 7pm on Friday and Saturday evenings until 9 April with last timed sessions at 6pm. The chic Sculpture Bar in association with Veuve Clicquot opens every Friday evening from 5pm in the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden.

Over the last few months, the weekend sessions have proved most popular and the remaining weekends are selling out fast, so visitors are reminded to get in quick to avoid disappointment.

For Renaissance devotees who want a more exclusive experience when viewing the exhibition, Premium Session tickets are still available on the remaining Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can enjoy breakfast in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant from 8am, and avoid the crowds with access to the exhibition at 9am before the Gallery is open to the public. Premium Session tickets are $50 and spaces are limited.

For families, the Yulgilbar Family Activity Room will ensure even the littlest of Gallery visitors are entertained and inspired. They can enrich their experience with the Children’s Discovery Trail (a dedicated guide to the exhibition just for kids), special school holiday programs and the Family Activity Room within the exhibition. The Family Room features activities facilitated by qualified staff (suitable for children aged 3 – 10 years and their families). Fun activities include drawing, drama, stories, puzzles and games related to the life and work of the artists featured in the exhibition. Entry to the Family Room is included in the exhibition ticket.

Renaissance – 15th & 16th Century Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, is on show only until 9 April 2012. Tickets are on sale from the front desk of the National Gallery of Australia or online at www.ticketek.com.au/renaissance  For more information visit www.nga.gov.au/renaissance For further details on all upcoming events and public programs, see www.nga.gov.au/WhatsOn/Highlights

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management